Animation Student Earns Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Congratulations to Animation senior Alaya Knowlton for her recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional contest. Knowlton won the following awards:
- Gold Key award, American Visions nomination for her animated short, “Adrift”
- Gold Key award for her digital artwork, “Her Quintessence”
- Silver Key awards for three additional artworks, “A Broken Bard,” “Hidden in the Darkness,” “Mindfulness”
- Silver Key award for her art portfolio “Unravel.”
Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has in its nearly century-long existence has celebrated excellence in the arts. The organization has recognized some of the most celebrated artists and writers in modern American history. Some notable Scholastic alum include writers Sylvia Plath and Stephen King, actors John Lithgow and Alan Arkin, and artists Cy Twombly and Red Grooms.
“Adrift” now goes on for consideration of a national Scholastic Award. The film was also selected to be screened in the 2021 Sarasota Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Showcase.
New College Presents Stage Combat Workshop
New College Professor Diego Villada presented an interactive workshop on the art of stage combat on Jan. 31. The class, offered to Dance, Film & Animation, and Theatre students, gave VPA students insight on how to “pack a punch” when it comes to performing or directing fight scenes. Villada and his student Pluto demonstrated fight sequences that students were then able to practice.
The session also informed students about the many opportunities available to them at New College, which is the state’s Honors College. Booker High School and New College have a long-standing relationship that allows access for BHS students to college admissions. As Dr. Bill Woodson, Dean of Outreach, said, “We’ve seen the pipeline from Booker to New College increase from a trickle to a steady flow this past year, but I would love to see it turn into a torrent!”
Families wanting to learn about the myriad opportunities at New College, from performing arts to public policy, should check out the school’s degree programs here.
Theatre Students Shine at Access Broadway
VPA Theatre students enrolled in Spotlight Theater Productions performed at Access Broadway Orlando this weekend, where they earned numerous accolades, including Best Musical Theater Production for their performance of “Children of Eden.” The performance recently earned the top honor at the Junior Theater Festival, an international competition held in January in Atlanta, Ga.
Access Broadway is a regional performance competition that travels nationwide, allowing Broadway hopefuls the chance to perform before industry professionals. There are numerous categories, from solo songs to group numbers to ensemble dance. Several VPA Theatre students presented dozens of pieces, many earning platinum individual awards and also recognition overall.
Spotlight Theater Productions is owned and operated by Ms. Cynthia Ashford, our VPA Theatre Dance teacher.
‘Pen to Paper’: A Masterclass with Paula Vogel
Feb. 11 | 5 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel will present a masterclass and work with participants to write a play. This opportunity is presented by the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Death By Chocolate: In This Hour
Feb. 25-26 | 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 | 2 p.m.
The most decadent VPA event of the year, Death By Chocolate is a feast for all senses. Patrons can listen to fabulous music while indulging in chocolate, cocoa and coffee. This year’s theme, time, offers exploration into its mysteries, with songs about eternity, repetition, tedium, anticipation, and more.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Mar. 3-5 | 7 p.m. and Mar. 6 | 2 p.m.
Presented in partnership with The Bay Park Conservancy, this Shakespeare in the Park presentation of one of the bard’s most popular plays is sure to please. Exploring love in all its facets, the play is a comical look at the nature of attraction.